have been constantly talking to the previous Wonder-writers since this assignment was announced. I have directions I want to take Diana in, but I also really love and respect the work of the previous folks who have worked on the title, and for once, I really want to make a cohesive vision of Wonder Woman that says definitely who she is, but doesn't throw out all the great stuff that came before.
So a lot of times, these great writers didn't get to finish their major plots and subplots as they had hoped. Fortunately, I've been able to ask them directly.
It's amazing how uniformly gracious and helpful they have been. I think it shows that whatever else, Diana has been blessed with some really generous, good-hearted writers who really care about how she is portrayed. I have never yet had a former writer not respond to my questions or fail to be helpful. Everyone from George Perez, to John Byrne, to Trina Robbins, to Allan Heinberg, to Jodi Picoult has been right there every time I ask a question. They're all busy, busy people. They don't have time to waste discussing books they no longer work on, and yet, every time I've asked, a few hours later, I get a great response in the mail answering my question and offering to help again if it ever comes up.
THAT, my friends, is VERY VERY COOL.
Some of these people I've never even spoken to on the phone, yet when the new WW writer calls with a question, they always take the time to help. How cool is that?
I can't stand it. I hope I can be that gracious when I have to leave this book (hopefully in the year 3012).
Even out of this group, I have to say, no one has been more patient and helpful than two WW giants, the great Phil Jimenez and Greg Rucka, who did two of my favorite recent runs. Every time I have even an insignificant question, these guys shoot back a lengthy, brilliant, and always helpful response. They certainly don't have to, they have no obligations to me. But they've really stepped up every time and delivered information that is hugely helpful in adding to the myth of Wonder Woman, and not just letting the past concepts be forgotten and discarded.
I hope when you think of these guys, you'll take a second to appreciate that even though they're off the book, and they are no longer paid to think and write about Diana, that they still care enough about her, and her cast, and her stories, and YOU guys, too, to try to do whatever they can to help. You can't ask for more commitment than that.
And I hope if you get a chance to speak to any of them, you let them know how much we all appreciate it and what a difference it has made.
We, as Wonder Woman fans, are lucky that people like that still care so much.
Thanks Greg and Phil, and all the other Wonder Woman writers who have offered so much support and assistance!
You're the best!